For me this means lots of prepping, to make sure my family will be well situated if I have to leave in a hurry. We have extra dinners in the freezer, an activity box packed for my pre-schooler, my husband okay to take the day off from work on short notice, and back-up care for the kids. Since I still have an almost exclusively breast-fed baby at home I've been trying to stock up my freezer stash of breast milk.
I have lots of milk so stocking up was not a huge concern for me. I have so much that I decided to stay away from a pump for as long as possible, so I wasn't encouraging more to come. So I did just that, until last week, I thought it would be easy to pump just like it was when my son was wee. Not so much. I pumped and barely got anything! I decided to just hand express and got MUCH more.
I was using a top of the line "hospital grade" pump, tried hand expressing at the same time of day as I had pumped 2 days prior while pumping (early morning/ same amount of time expressing as pumping), and was in the same environment with baby napping both times.
So my MORAL OF THE STORY IS that for me personally; pumping is not at all a good indicator of how much milk I have. Everyone is different and so is each experience with each child. If pumping doesn't work for you- try hand expressing and always remember your baby is the most effective at removing milk!
I may have better luck with the pump at another time, but for now this was a great reminder not to dwell on how much I can pump.
Check out Jack Newman's Expressing Breast Milk Article.